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This was the headline in the ODT the Monday following The Brass Monkey and one must wonder about the intelligence of some riders.  It seems they ignored road closed signs and locked gates and in doing so put their lives at risk and the lives of the locals who had to go to their rescue…..dumb, real dumb.

However, for the rest of the 2,500 who attended they had a great time and all most managed to get away safely.  It seems a Goldwing fell over on a riders leg as he was leaving and instead of riding away he was carted away in the Ambulance with a broken leg.

We got down to a snow covered Oturehua on the Thursday and awoke to a beautiful sunny Friday the next day…

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A number of bikes turned up on the Friday which was a smart move as they had the pick of the site.  The locals put together an impressive pile of timber all prepped by the addition of some burnt oil.

Saturday morning saw bikes arriving in mass but alas the day was not so great with it overcast and we had a -6 degree frost that night as well.  From about noon the bikes really started turning up and it was great to see so many bikes, whereas for the summer it had been all bicycles.

Julia was given the job of starting the fire for the 30th Anniversary of the Brass Monkey Rally, what an honour..

Some of the entertainment included a bike show, bike jousting and some high flying bikers.

Sunday was a bit cold and overcast again but it had only got down to -1 during the night.  The first bikes hit the road as early as 0800 and most had left by about 1500, which was lucky as the next day, Monday, we woke to about 200 mm of fresh snow….

It was great been able to attend the Brass Monkey.  I spoke with everyone who had a GS about the GS Anniversary Ride and many sounded keen, even Gareth Morgan thought it sounded like a great idea.  So if you have a GS, then register your interest  HERE!

Great views at Dusk


Justin Ryan & Julia Maelzer are running a small backpackers over summer down on the Otago Rail Trail.  The city, town, village, collection of houses is called Oturehua and it is 25 k from Ranfurly.

Our backpackers is called the Crow’s Nest and we have a large shared dorm that can sleep 12 to 14.  Two self contained cabins (Jack & Jill) each with a double bed, small cooking facility, and bathroom.  We can fit in another single into the room but they are small cabins.  There is also a Bach (bit rough around the edges but warm and cosy inside).  This has a double and single bed.  Its own cooking facility (semi outside) but you must share the toilet and shower with the backpackers.  We also have a large tent site where we plan to host next years Easter ride called the Grass Monkey.

There is a great pub down the road who produce some excellent food.  This is run by Grahame & Liz Jones who are from Christchurch and recently moved down there.

Check out our website HERE for things to do, and as an offer to members we will provide a free continental breakfast (cereal, bread, juice etc) to all BMWOR Member.  Please let us know you are a member when booking.